Jul 16, 2012
Fred Spinney, a developer from England, really wanted to bring speech recognition to Ubuntu, one of the most popular Linux distributions out there. So, he built an app to do just that. Ubuntu Speech Input utilizes an Android app that connects via wifi to an Ubuntu computer running a companion app. Google’s built-in speech-to-text powers the app, which allows for any Ubuntu program to receive input from speech-to-text. For those with multiple computers on the same network, the ability to specify the IP address choice will help. While Google’s speech-to-text is not perfect, it is free to use, and this extends it out to another Linux software platform. While Mac owners will have Apple’s built-in dictation available in the upcoming Mountain Lion update, this is an option for those who like to use free operating systems. The app is available from Google Play, and the desktop software is pending approval on the Ubuntu Software Center, though the developer will email it to users who request it.